RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS DETECTION – AN IMPORTANT ENTITY FOR CHILDREN WITH ACUTE RESPIRATORY TRACT ILLNESSD. KARTHIKEYAN, V. ANANDI , S. MOHAN AND G. AMBUJAM
Respiratory Syncytial Virus is the most common cause of respiratory infection in Pediatric age group, especially in children with 2 months to 2 years of age. But RSV is a forgotten entity during diagnosis and the children were treated empirically with broad spectrum antibiotics which results in several complications. In this study, the prevalence rate of RSV among pediatric patients was identified by using the F gene reverse transcriptase PCR. About 425 children with the age of 2 months to 2 years were diagnosed for RSV. Out of this 171 (40.23%) was positive for RSV infection. Among these 171 RSV positive children, 123(64.7%) children had bronchiolitis, 33 (19.3%) children had Pneumonia and 15 (8.8%) of the children had other respiratory tract illness such as CROUP, etc. In Conclusion, the prevalence of RSV was now in remarkable status. Hence, RSV diagnosis should be carried out for the early detection and for proper management of the diseased children. This can also prevent the various complications produced by the usage of various antibiotics to the children.
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